Recently I was pondering at how for years I used to live as God’s son without ever hearing His voice or knowing what He was thinking about me. I completely trusted Him and could see Him doing things in and around my life, yet there was a real disconnect. There was no intimacy. As I was pondering this, I realized how crazy it would be if the way I lived with God was the way a child lived with its parents. And so I wrote this:
(as you read it, really imagine what it would be like and then think about God being in the place of “your parents.”)
Imagine that since your birth, your parents have been living in another country with no correspondence whatsoever. The only way for you to know them and be trained by them is by reading their biography (written before your birth). You read it daily, striving to glean as much as you can about them and how they want you to live. You send them letters every day asking for help and to know them more, but you never receive any response from them. Occasionally something will happen in your life that almost certainly seems to be arranged by your parents, yet you yearn to feel their hug and hear them say, “Son/Daughter, I love you. You are more precious to me than anything else in the universe.” Yet as time goes on, you become more and more confused with how to have a relationship with someone who never responds to you. You look around at your siblings who seem very satisfied with this arrangement and act like everything is perfectly normal. You once mentioned to them how something doesn’t seem right, but they quickly shut you down, warning you to never question these types of things lest you be deceived or kidnapped. But deep down, you know that somehow it is indeed possible to actually have a meaningful and real relationship with your parents. At the horror of your siblings, you set out on a quest to actually find your parents and continually live in their presence. The journey may be rough and you might make a few wrong turns, but when you finally reach your parents, their warm embrace and loving words of praise become to you the most amazing thing in the world.